NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jun. 10, 2014

Dr. Cal LeMon to join NAPT @ Annual Summit: Driving Innovation

Join your colleagues in Kansas City, Missouri, this November 8-11 for education, motivation, and networking. Back by popular demand, we're excited to have Dr. Cal LeMon join us for two sessions on Saturday, Nov. 8. Register today, and be sure to catch up with Dr. LeMon!

Mastering your management skills
As leaders in pupil transportation, your ability to cultivate and manage relationships with your staff, fellow administrators, and the community is key to your success. During his sessions, Dr. Le Mon will tackle two issues: listening skills and managing conflict. The first session, Intuitive Listening Skills, is a "higher level" learning experience in communication techniques designed to help you enhance your skills in "intuitive" (reading the non-verbal messages) listening. In the second program, Verbal Defense Skills, participants will learn verbal response techniques to deflate high-tension situations in a calm, professional manner. Enhance your management skills, and register today!

Early-bird gets the worm
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before Aug. 1. Take advantage of this great discount and register online today!

Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518-218-0867.

Hotel information
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night), or call 800-228-9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by Oct. 8, 2014.

So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!More

2014 LED Program announced

NAPT is pleased to announce our 2014 Leading Every Day (LED) program! This year's comprehensive program will include three webinars (August, September & October) and a ½ day face-to-face workshop on Friday, Nov. 7 in Kansas City, Missouri. Our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will share his Optimal Performance Program, which covers project management and process improvement with an emphasis on behavioral skills. Register today!

At the end of the 2014 LED Program, you will:

This series will begin with a foundation session followed by sessions covering critical factors that contribute greatly to success.

Space is limited - Act quickly
The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 15* and the program is only open to the first 40 registrants, so reserve your space today!

2014 Program details
The one-time fee of $299 includes:
Take advantage of this unique opportunity...Register today!

Meet our guest lecturer
George Pitagorsky, PMP is a well respected author and thought leader in project, process and knowledge management. His perspective is influenced by an extensive career in process management, product development, learning and development, engagement management and project management and by decades of experience in meditation and its application in daily life.

Familiar with the world of pupil transportation, George's tailored program will be anchored in the real world practicalities of school systems and transportation.

* In order for this program to be most effective, a minimum of 25 participants registered by Tuesday, July 15 is required. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, the NAPT Board will reassess the 2014 LED program offering.More

Thank you for your feedback!

The NAPT Board of Directors extends our sincerest thanks to those of you who participated in NAPT's membership survey last month. Response was tremendous, and the results are currently being reviewed. Based on your feedback, efforts will be made to enhance your NAPT member experience.

Congratulations to our sweepstakes winners!

Please don't hesitate to contact headquarters at 800-989-6278 with any additional comments or questions; we always enjoy hearing from you!

Again, thank you for time. Watch for exciting changes to come.More

NAPT members complete Special Needs Transportation program

Congratulations to Will Rosa (Parkway School District, Chesterfield, MO) & Maggie Broerman, (Student Transportation of America, Carnegie, PA)

By successfully completing this rigorous curriculum geared toward transportation personnel serving students with disabilities, Will Rosa and Maggie Broerman have demonstrated their commitment to the profession, district, and students. NAPT's Special Needs Transportation program consists of a series of traditional classroom and hands-on training specifically designed to test the skills and enhance the knowledge of those working with students with disabilities.

Originally started to provide access to tailored educational opportunities at both local and national conferences, the program currently includes a core curriculum consisting of special needs courses in a variety of different settings. The SNT syllabus is intended to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

Congratulations Will and Maggie!More

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NHTSA recalls 67,000 CNG tank valves
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School bus safety is a summertime issue too
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K-12 district leaders evolving into smarter ed-tech consumers
Education Week
School leaders debating whether to buy educational technology often find themselves weighing the promised benefits against their worst fears — soaring costs, disruptive breakdowns, and befuddled teachers and students — not knowing whether they're about to make a purchase their districts will come to regret. Now, nascent efforts in schools and districts across the country are underway to help administrators become smarter consumers of technology, so they understand the risks and rewards upfront. More

Middle school students help the disabled
Star Local Media
Students from Clark Middle School in Frisco, Texas, participated in Destination Imagination, an educational program that gives student teams open-ended challenges to solve and then present their solutions at tournaments. Over the last few years, Clark students have completed service learning challenges that assist special education students in FISD and this year was no different. This year, the group of participating students created a library of 18 story boxes, 17 experience books and 16 adapted games, which were all designed to specifically help FISD students with visual impairments.More

Bill authorizing school bus drivers to use epipens passes in Pennsylvania House
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Cultivating teacher leaders at your school
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Vergara v. California: The most important court case you've never heard of
The Daily Beast
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Good idea returns — walk to school
San Angelo Standard-Times
If this were the 1950s or earlier, this latest development in transporting children to school would be regarded as a huge joke — walking. This being the 20-teens, the revival of an idea that's as old as school, indeed as old as feet, has been gussied up with fresh jargon — "the walking school bus." The idea is that, under parental supervision, pupils within reasonable walking distance to their elementary school walk as a group, starting at the most distant house and picking up their classmates as they go. More

Top recyclers in Dubai honored by Emirates Environment Group
The National
The UAE's top recycling schools, children and businesses have been honored for their hard work and dedication in promoting the environment. They were recently awarded at Emirates Environment Group's 17th annual ceremony on June 4 to mark World Environment Day on June 5. The event at Knowledge Village awarded prizes to schools, people and businesses that took part in its waste management program, in which they helped to collect recyclables from paper to mobile phones. "I'm really happy that I won and I can't wait to tell my friends about it," said Sparsha Shetty, 8, from the Indian High School in Dubai, who won the award for the most toner cartridges collected – 322.More

Knife threat on Maine school bus offers lessons for all schools
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Retirements to help keep school buses on the road
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Muncie Community Schools in Indiana will clean out its savings to pay for school bus service for the next two years. By the third year, however, the transportation fund would be running on empty, if it weren't for a sudden rush of teacher retirements, according to district administrators. During a recent work session, the Muncie Community School Board heard separate reports about funding for bus service and a jump this spring in the number of teachers retiring. After the meeting, Chief Financial Officer Mark Burkhart explained how the latter would actually help with the former. More

School board increases student walking distance to save money
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School district cleared to use third party for transportation
Norwich Bulletin
A decision by an arbitration panel — upheld at a recent Plainfield Board of Selectmen meeting — gives the Board of Education the right to outsource its school transportation system. Late last month, during contract arbitration between the school board and CSEA SEIU Local 2001, which represents the town's bus drivers and mechanics, the majority of the three-member panel determined the school board may subcontract its town-run bus system to a third party. In its finding, the panel cited the age of the current bus fleet — 52 percent of the town's 45 buses are more than 10 years old — the continued cost of vehicle maintenance and the cost savings associated with subcontracting. More